THE NAVY FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER - 2000
 
CHARTER NEWS
 
Delhi Charter
 
The Charter has been very active during the entire year. Its ability to reach out to its members and former colleagues in India and through snail mail, e-mail and via its very vibrant and constantly updated web page has brought the retired fraternity in Delhi and nearby, closer to each other. News and views are constantly being exchanged with each other and helplines are slowly getting established. News - good and bad can be instantly flashed across and responded to. This more proactive and responsive stance has resulted in over 400 members on its rolls.

During the Year, the Delhi Charter moved into its own office at 91, Kotah House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110011. Tel Extn 191&204 of 3782302, 3782303.The e-mail address is : navyfoundationdelhi@vsnl.com.and Website:http://personal.vsnl.com/navyfoundationdelhicharter. Since the website is also registered with the Yahoo search engine, it can be located by typing-in the words 'navyfoundationdelhi'. It also has a number of links to many other useful sites. It carries the latest Charter News and Navy Updates as well.
 
AGM
The AGM of the Delhi Charter was held on 08 Apr 2000. The following were elected as Office Bearers: VAdm RB Suri (President), Cmde PK Jain (Vice President), Cmde KC Chawla (Treasurer) and Cdr Arun Sehgal (Secretary). Cmde Vijay Kumar Thapar was inducted as a nominated member. The latter is also a member of the Rajya Sainik Board, Delhi. The AGM was followed by a Social Evening. The Chief of Naval Staff, a number of senior serving officers of Naval Headquarters, DESA and DNPF were also invited.

The next AGM will be held in March 2001 at NOM Varuna.
 
12th Anniversary Reunion
The 12th Anniversary Reunion Dinner was held by the poolside at the VARUNA Naval Officers Mess on 23 Sep. It was very well attended. The beautiful setting for the Party was complemented by lovely music from the Navy Band, courtesy Commanding Officer INS India.
 
Tenth Admiral RD Katari Memorial Lecture. Click here to read.
 
Talk on Kashmir
A Talk-cum-panel discussion on Kashmir Problems and Prospects was organised by Delhi Charter on 15 Oct 2000 at India International Centre, New Delhi. Dr Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister of J & K participated in the discussions. Admiral (Retd) S M Nanda was the moderator.
 
Past Vs Present Golf Match
Past Vs Present Golf Match was played at the Army Golf Course on Sunday, 22 Oct. It was won by the 'Present' against stiff competition from the Veterans team led by Vice Admiral 'Tony' Jain. Play was rounded off with a sumptuous lunch at the Varuna Mess.
 
Remembrance Sunday 12 Nov 2000
. As in the past, and in accordance with custom, representatives of Commonwealth High Commissions and Foreign Embassies held a Remembrance Sunday Service at the War Cemetery in Brar Square, Delhi Cantt on Sunday 12 Nov 2000 to commemorate those who fell in the Wars of 1914-18, 1939-45 and in susequent action. Wreaths were laid by representatives of the Armed Forces, Veterans Organisations etc after the traditional Last Post, 2 minutes silence, Reveille and a Pipers Lament.
 
Navy Day 2000
Navy Day was celebrated with the traditional pomp and grandeur. The highlight was the reception by CNS at Navy House where the President of India was the Chief Guest. The first copy of a coffee table pictorial essay on the Indian Navy produced for the International Fleet Review was presented to him by its author Read Adm K Raja Menon., (retd). Also present at the Reception were the Prime Minister, some Members of the Council of Ministers, Senior Serving and Retired Military Officers of all Services, Civil Servants and Members of the Diplomatic Corps.
 
Navy Nite
Navy Nite was held at Varuna Naval Officers Mess on Sat 9 Dec amidst good music, a fashion show and good food. Serving naval officers in their No.5's lent elegance to the evening. Over a thousand people including retired officers and their families must have been present.
 
Polo Match
The Navy played Cambridge University, UK in an exhibition Polo match at the Jaipur Polo Grounds, Race Course, Delhi on a sunny winter afternoon, cheered by a number of officers & families of the retired fraternity as well. The Navy Team included Admiral Sushil Kumar, Cdr John siga, Lt Cdr Sirohi & Lt Cdr Yadav. The result was a draw. The Chief of Army Staff gave away the prizes.
 
Seminar on Maritime Security
As a Curtain Raiser to the mega event in which ships from 26 countries and 12 Chiefs of Naval Staff confirmed their participation, the Navy Foundation (Delhi Charter) organised a two-day seminar on Maritime Dimensions of India's Security on 05 & 06 Jan 2001 at Naval Officers Mess 'Varuna'.

The Seminar commenced at 1000 hrs on 05 Jan with the welcome address by President NF, Delhi Charter. The Raksha Mantri inaugurated the Seminar at 1015 hrs, followed by the Inaugral address.

In the First Session the subject of 'Security Environment in the Early 21st Century' was discussed by VAdm KK Nayyar, Prof. A Narasimha Rao and Shri Manoj Joshi. The Session was Chaired by Gen VP Malik, former COAS.

In the Second Session, held on 06 Jan, the subject of 'Constituents Of Sea Power' was debated by Prof PV Indiresen, VAdm PS Das and RAdm KR Menon .
The Session was Chaired by Prof MGK Mennon.

The concluding Session on 06 Jan was Chaired by Adm VS Shekhawat. The topic of the session 'Maritime Dimension Past, Present and Future' was debated by VAdm MP Awati, VAdm I Bedi.

Closing address was delivered by Chief of the Naval Staff at 1300 hrs.
 
Badge of Honour Ceremony

Next of Kin of 221 naval personnel who made the supreme sacrifice in action since 15 Aug 1947 were honoured in presentation ceremonies held at Delhi and Command Headquarters at Mumbai, Vishakapatnam and Kochi on 30 Nov 2000. They were presented with a Citation, Silver Badge of Honour and award of Rs. One Lakh each. Corpus for this fund was created by voluntary donation of one-day pay by all naval personnel and some grant from National Defence Fund.
 
ARMED FORCES FLAG DAY FUND MEETING
The Sixth meeting of the Managing Committee of the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund was held on 08 Nov 2000 under the Chairmanship of the Raksha Mantri. The issue of providing adequate medical cover to ESM was discussed in detail. RM apprised that he was seized of the problems of medicare to ESM, including those who lived in remote areas and assured the members the members that the scheme will be finalised at the earliest, as it has been unduly delayed.
 

Additional Funds for KSB
Secretary KSB informed that against the projected request for a one time grant of Rs. 10 crores followed by a regular grant of Rs. 5 crores annually from the Canteen Trade Surplus profit, only Rs. 25 lac as one time grant and Rs. 1 lac every year has been sanctioned to Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. The ESM and their families (approx 60 lac) contribute substantially towards the high profits being made through the sale of CSD items.

The VCAS expressed the view that since the profits earned through canteen sales were already being utilised in a big way towards welfare of ESM, their diversion to KSB would not be a correct thing to do. He stated that the money in Flag Day Fund should come, primarily, through public and be utilised for the welfare of ESM.

The Chairman agreed with the request of KSB and directed that the demand of KSB be forwarded to the Canteen Service Board to provide adequate amount for the ESM welfare, to KSB for consideration at their next meeting.

Increase in Reimbursement Amount
The existing rates of 60% and 80% of reimbursement of ESM for expenses incurred for treatment of serious diseases has been increased to 75% for officers and 90% for PBORs.

Reimbursement to ESM Covered Under AGI/AFGI Schemes
It was decided that all the ESM who were members of AGI/AFGI medical benefit scheme and had already exhausted the benefit from those agencies during their earlier treatment, would be provided financial assistance from AFFDF for subsequent treatment, in respect of any of the serious diseases covered under the scheme as per recommended rates. Also if there is some disease which is not covered by AGI/AFGI Medical Benefit Scheme but is catered for by the KSB, the same will be entertained for providing relief from AFFDF.

 
Professional Seminar
A Professional Seminar will be held at 1030 hrs on Sun 18 Feb 2001 at the India International Centre.
 
Pune Charter
Pune Charter held AGM on 02 Jul 2000 and selected Cdr Kishore Patankar as the President and Cdr Amol H Chitnis as the Secretary of the Charter.
 
Bangalore Charter
A function was organised by the Bangalore Charter to honour members who have attained age of 75 years and above on 29 Oct 2000 in the Naval Mess Bangalore. The members were presented with silver plaques. Her Excellency the Governor of Karnataka, Smt. VS Ramadevi was the Chief Guest and VAdm Harinder Singh, FOC-in-C South presided over the function.
 
Cochin Charter
The AGM of Cochin Charter was held on 16 Jul 2000. RAdm BR Menon was elected as new President. Cdr MI Jose, Cdr N Arvind and Lt Cdr Jacob Varghese continue to be the Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
 
Visakhapatnam Charter
The Vizag Charter now has a new office located in the Naval Coast Battery. It was inaugurated on 30 Jul 2000 by Cmde KK Panda, CO INS Circars.

The General Body Meeting of the charter was held on 13 Aug at Command Mess. Cdr NS Sappata was elected as the Secretary. The President and the Forum thanked the outgoing Secretary Cdr GV Ramarao for his valuable services rendered to the Charter.
 
Army-Navy Polo Trophy
The Inaugural Match of the Army-Navy polo Trophy will take place on Friday, 02 Feb 2001 at 1430 hrs at Jaipur Polo Ground, Race Course. spectators will be treated to a Special Trick Riding Show by an Army-Navy Team & Sky Diving Display by an Air Force Team. The Vice President of India, Shri Krishan Kant has consented to be the Chief Guest.
 
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